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when i click on internet explorer>a whole lot of windows open up (like 30 to 40)>>i have scaned my hard rive with updated antivirus but nothing has been found>>what could be causing this?
my 2nd system>>
p3 1.13 (512 l2 cache)
20 gb seagate baracuda
128 mb sdram
That is definitely spies, no doubt in it. Installing of Anti-Spyware or Anti-Virus (that also includes Anti-Spyware) will only suppress them but will not 100% clean your system. You should format and reinstall Windows. I shall recommend you to install Windows XP SP2 or later, do NOT install any earlier version. After installing clean Windows, before installing anything else, install good and latest Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware.
Remember the foremost important step, after installing clean Windows and Anti-Spyware + Anti-Virus, do NOT use Internet Explorer, even for one-second. Always use Firefox, or Opera or Safari. Before running any CD/DVD, scan them with Anti-Virus. After downloading any software from internet (and before running that software), scan it with Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware.
Also remember another golden rule, always keep your Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware updated to latest updates available.
By the way, keep in mind that running Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware will slow down your overall performance with average of 3% ~ 10%.